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Chinese, Min Bei

A language of China

ISO 639-3mnp

Population  10,300,000 in China (1984). Population total all countries: 10,304,000.
Region  North Fujian Province, 7 counties around Jian’ou. Also in Singapore.
Language map  Southern China
Alternate names   Min Pei, Northern Min
Dialects  The Chinese now divide Chinese Min into 5 major varieties: Min Nan [nan], Min Bei [mnp], Min Dong [cdo], Min Zhong [czo], and Pu-Xian [cpx]. Others say there are at least 9 varieties which are inherently mutually unintelligible.
Classification  Sino-Tibetan, Chinese
A member of macrolanguage Chinese [zho] (China).
Language development  Literacy rate in L2: 91%. NT: 1934.
Comments  The majority in China are classified as Han nationality. Buddhist, Daoist, Christian.

Also spoken in:

Singapore

Language name   Chinese, Min Bei
Population  4,000 in Singapore (1985). Ethnic population: 11,000 in Singapore.
Alternate names  Min Pei
Dialects  Hokchia (Hockchew).